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STUDY: What happens when you stop strength training? Nothing good.

People who suddenly stop strength training will start to lose significant muscular strength within three weeks, with people over 65 suffering the greatest losses, according to a research review published in the Scandanavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports . Researchers surveyed 103 studies that examined what happens to standard measures of muscular strength when people who had been doing regular strength training suddenly stopped. In amassing the data from all those studies, they focused on three measurements of strength--maximal force, maximal power, and submaximal strength--and tried to discern differences among various groups, such as people age 65 and older, men and women, inactive people versus recreational athletes, etc. As you might expect, all components of strength declined for all people once they stopped strength training. But there were some interesting...

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